WHO: Saint John Sea Dogs vs Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
WHEN: Today, 4:00 pm
WHERE: Centre 200
VISITING TEAM: Saint John Sea Dogs
Record: 5-1-0-1 (1st in Maritimes Division)
Last Game: 4-3 shootout win at Halifax on Friday
Leading Scorer: Jonathan Huberdeau (7GP-6G-5A-11Pts)
Notes: Saint John will be without the services of star defenseman Simon Despres today as he continues to fight for a roster spot at Pittsburgh Penguins training camp… Sea Dogs captain Mike Thomas remains away at Oklahoma City Barons training camp where he is on a free agent tryout… the Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-3 shootout win in Halifax on Friday night. Stephen MacAulay, Steven Anthony, and Jonathan Huberdeau all scored for Saint John in the win while Karel St. Laurent picked up the win in net. The Dogs got off to a slow start in the game but slowly came back to take the win… this will be the final game of a five game road stretch for Saint John. So far on the trip, they have recorded wins against PEI and Halifax, a regulation loss in Montreal, and a shootout loss in Drummondville, making their record 2-1-0-1… the Sea Dogs and Eagles have met once this season. In that game played on September 11 at Harbour Station, Tomas Jurco recorded a hat trick while singles came courtesy of Michael Kirkpatrick, Guillaume Cloutier, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Kevin Gagne as the home team cruised to a 7-2 victory… Saint John sits second in the Maritimes Division with 11 points in seven games. They are two points behind the division leading Moncton Wildcats who have played two more games… the Dogs are ranked eighth in the Canadian Hockey League this week… Saint John has served the fewest amount of penalty minutes of any team so far this year with 85 in seven games. Only the Montreal Juniors and Victoriaville Tigres are still in double digit penalty minutes… 2-1-0-1 on the road this season… Jonathan Huberdeau leads the visitors in points with 11… Huberdeau and Tomas Jurco are tied for a team high in goals with six… Michael Kirkpatrick and Ryan Tesink lead the Sea Dogs in assists with seven… Kirkpatrick sits behind Sean Couturier for the league lead in shots taken with 23.
HOME TEAM: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Record: 2-6-0-0 (6th in Maritimes Division)
Last Game: 8-2 loss vs Quebec on Friday
Leading Scorer: Viktor Hertzberg (8GP-2G-3A-5Pts)
Notes: The Screaming Eagles are coming off an ugly 8-2 loss at the hands of the Quebec Remparts on Friday night at Centre 200. Logan Shaw scored both Eagles goals while Cory MacIntosh somehow managed to be a +1… in Cape Breton’s 7-2 loss earlier this season at Harbour Station, Brad Cuzner and Taylor MacDougal scored for the Eagles. Goaltender Francois Lacerte allowed five goals on 19 shots while backup Alexandre Veronneau let in two goals on six shots. The Eagles actually outshot Saint John 30-25 in the game… 0-3-0-0 at Centre 200 this season. They have been outscored 13-4 in their three home matches… Cape Breton sits sixth in the six team Maritimes Division and 17th overall in the QMJHL with a 2-6-0-0 record. They are expected to finish in the basement this season and are fully living up to those expectations… the Eagles have the worst penalty kill in the league with a rating of 0.632%. The Remparts went 4/7 on the man advantage on Friday against them. Their penalty kill at home is a bit better at 0.667%... Taylor MacDougall is a team worst -8 this season… Logan Shaw and Cory MacIntosh are both a team best +2… Shaw leads the Eagles in goals with three.
Sep 13, 2009: Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3
Sep 19, 2009: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5 in OT
Oct 10, 2009: Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2
Oct 11, 2009: Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0
Jan 08, 2010: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 3
Feb 12, 2010: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 3
Feb 14, 2010: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 2
Mar 10, 2010: Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 in SO
HEAD-TO-HEAD FIGHTS THIS SEASON
Jason Cameron fought Cory MacIntosh back on September 11 at Harbour Station.
FIGHTING TO HOST
Both the Sea Dogs and Screaming Eagles are fighting to host the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup. Along with arena renovations in the off-season, Cape Breton will be looking to gain ground on the competition through community support.
release. “We would not be in a position to even bid for this event if not for the great support we have received for the past 13 seasons. This is a way to bring the best major junior hockey our country has to offer to our Cape Breton hockey fans. This is an Island-wide initiative."
“We are really putting an effort forward to show the bid selection committee that Cape Breton is the best choice for 2012. With help from local sponsors and community partners and most importantly, the local fans, we are confident we will put together a top-notch bid package,” said Stuart MacLeod, chair of the board, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. “Through collaboration on projects like this we are bringing positive attention to the Island and that is great news for all involved.”
Last weekend, fans at Centre 200 received Memorial Cup noise makers.
Venue: Centre 200
Seating Capacity: 4,670
Year Built: 1987
QMJHL Arena Guide
Radio (Sea Dogs): News 88.9 FM
Live Web Feed: Telus
Live Blog: Station Nation
Post-Game Coverage: Station Nation, Telegraph-Journal, Cape Breton Post
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AFTER THE BUZZER
Saint John hosts the Moncton Wildcats on Friday night at 7:30 pm.
Photo Credits: Screaming Eagles website; Screaming Eagles website; Screaming Eagles Facebook page